Ancient Egyptian Science: Ancient Egyptian mathematics (Google eBook)

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American Philosophical Society, 1989 - Science - 476 pages
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This volume continues Marshall Clagett's studies of the various aspects of the science of Ancient Egypt. The volume gives a discourse on the nature and accomplishments of Egyptian mathematics and also informs the reader as to how our knowledge of Egyptian mathematics has grown since the publication of the Rhind Mathematical Papyrus toward the end of the 19th century. The author quotes and discusses interpretations of such authors as Eisenlohr, Griffith, Hultsch, Peet, Struce, Neugebauer, Chace, Glanville, van der Waerden, Bruins, Gillings, and others. He also also considers studies of more recent authors such as Couchoud, Caveing, and Guillemot.
  

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Page 4 - It was this king [Sesotris], moreover, who divided the land into lots and gave everyone a square piece of equal size, from the produce of which he exacted an annual tax. Any man whose holding was damaged by the encroachment of the river would go and declare his loss before the king, who would send inspectors to measure the extent of the loss, in order that he might pay in future a fair proportion of the tax at which his property had been assessed. Perhaps this was the way in which geometry was invented,...
Page 286 - Philologische und historische Abhandlungen der Königlichen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Berlin aus dem Jahre 1840.
Page 157 - Divide 100 loaves among 5 men in such a way that the shares received shall be in arithmetical progression and that 1/7 of the sum of the largest three shares shall be equal to the sum of the smallest two. What is the difference of the shares?
Page 106 - Das Wesen einer Gleichung besteht nun allerdings weit weniger in dem Wortlaute als in der Auflösung, und so müssen wir, um die Berechtigung unseres Vergleichs zu prüfen, zusehen, wie Ahmes seine Haurechnungen vollzieht.
Page 122 - L'Egypte à l'Exposition universelle de tsûl. (Gazelle des Beauz-Artt, t. XXII et XXIII, Ier et _'' semestres, 1867, in-8*.) Note relative à un papyrus égyptien contenant un fragment d'un traité de géométrie appliquée à l'arpentage.
Page 204 - Mathematischer Papyrus des Staatlichen Museums der Schönen Künste in Moskau.
Page 83 - Take away 1/9 of 9, namely, 1; the remainder is 8. Multiply 8 times 8; it makes 64. Multiply 64 times 10; it makes 640 cubed cubits.
Page 88 - ... are concerned with grain barns. An outstanding accomplishment of the Egyptian mathematics is found however in the entirely correct calculation of the volume of the frustrum of a pyramid with square base, as found in the Moscow papyrus (Plate 5a), by means of the formula where h is the height and a and b the sides of the lower and upper base. It is not to be supposed that such a formula can be found empirically. It must have been obtained on the basis of a theoretical argument; how? By dividing...
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